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Seawolves beat UC-Davis, Look forward to playoffs - Apr 29, 2012
The Sonoma State Men’s Lacrosse team traveled to Davis, CA this past weekend for their last regular season game against the University of California-Davis Aggies. Sonoma would go on to win the WCLL tilt 9-6 and with the win clinched the third place spot in the WCLL standings.
Sonoma jumped out a quick two-goal lead after juniors Casimir Morawski and Ryan Heidrich scored early. Once Davis got the ball on offense they ran a very slow and methodical offense, which really logged the possession time. Senior Goalie Michael Clothier only had to make one save and the Seawolves would head into the second quarter holding the two-goal lead.
Heidrich would add his second goal of the day to start the second quarter to push the lead to three for the Seawolves. UC-Davis would score on a man up goal shortly after to pull the game within two goals. Freshman Nic Scaramella picked up a groundball and charged downfield and found Junior Matty Gillan who curled around the crease and found the net for the goal.
However, Davis would once again answer back with a goal of their own to make the score 4-2 in favor of the Seawolves. Senior Zach Blackman would find Heidrich for the Seawolf goal with two minutes remaining in the half. Junior Kyle Riddle would add another goal before halftime to make the game 6-2 in favor of the Seawolves.
Clothier began the second half with numerous big saves and the Sonoma defense was able to clear the ball and get it to Blackman who would beat his man and score to make it 7-2. UC-Davis would answer with a two-goal run of their own to keep them within striking distance.
After a groundball scrum Riddle would find Heidrich who finished the goal to make it 8-4. Scaramella would score off a rebound and Sonoma found themselves leading 9-4. UC-Davis would add two late goals and Sonoma would hold on for the 9-6 victory.
The win ensures Sonoma the third seed heading into next weeks WCLL Playoffs. Sonoma would look to get some revenge, as they will take on second seeded Cal-Berkley who beat Sonoma just two weeks ago. Faceoff for the semifinal game is at 2:30pm at Novato High School.
Bears Too Much for Seawolves - Apr 23, 2012
Second place in the WCLL was up for grabs in Rohnert Park Saturday, as the Seawolves took on the #10 UC-Berkeley Bears. Coming off a win over a ranked Stanford team last week, Sonoma looked to keep their hot play going against Cal. However, the Seawolves would give up a late goal and eventually fall 11-10 on a sunny, ninety degree day.
"We just made too many mistakes." Head coach Doug Carl said, “In a one goal game you can’t win if you turn the ball over, which we did. The heat definitely affected both teams."
Sonoma would out-possess the Bears in the first quarter, firing a barrage of shots at Cal keeper Casey Keenan, but the Wolves would only find the back of the net once, on a drive from X by Junior Midfielder, Casimir Morawski, and the first quarter would come to a close with the score knotted at 1.
A fancy finish on the crease by Junior Kyle Riddle and captain Matt D’Angelo’s lefty laser would highlight a second frame that gave the Seawolves a 3-2 lead at halftime.
Cal would win the opening faceoff of the second half, and would immediately tie the game at three. This goal would spark the Seawolf offense, as attackmen Zach Blackman and Riddle would help build a three-goal lead in favor of the Seawolves halfway through the third quarter. However, at the blink of an eye, the Bears would answer with a roar of their own, one-upping the Sonoma run and taking the lead at 7-6 going into the final frame.
Seawolves Outplay Stanford - Apr 17, 2012
Another week, another ranked opponent for the Sonoma State Seawolves Lacrosse team. Stanford University who is ranked 15th in the nation came to town for a crucial WCLL game for both teams. Due to the heavy rains all week in Rohnert Park the game was played at Novato High School.
Sonoma jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after goals by Zach Blackman and Kyle Riddle. However, Stanford fought back and eventually took a 3-2 lead as the first quarter came to an end.
The second quarter started off with a Matt D’angelo score to pull things even. Then Kevin Labelle ripped a low to high shot that sailed into the top corner of the goal to give the Seawolves the lead again. Sonoma kept the pressure on and goals by Ryan Heidrich and Casimir Morawski pushed Sonoma’s lead to 6-3 where it would stay until first half came to an end.
Stanford came out firing in the second half, scoring the first two goals of the half to make it a 6-5 game. Heidrich would add his second goal of the game to put the Seawolves up by two. Riddle would throw a sweet fake and then rip the back of the net to push Sonoma to another three-goal lead. Stanford would add a late goal to head into the fourth quarter down by two.
Stanford would score the first goal of the quarter to make it just a one goal game. Blackman would add his second goal of the day on a shot that put Sonoma up 9-7. However, Stanford would not give up and they would score to once again make it a one-goal game. Heidrich would score his third goal of the game to make it a 10-8 game in favor of Sonoma. The two teams would trade goals and with the score at 11-9 Sonoma’s goalie Michael Clothier would come up huge as he has all year to shut down Stanford for the 11-9 Sonoma Victory.
With the win, Sonoma improves to 7-2 overall and 3-1 in the WCLL. The Seawolves will play their final home game of the year in a WCLL game that will have affect on playoff seeding against University of California-Berkley. Faceoff is Saturday, April 21st at 1pm.
Mustangs outrun Seawolves - Apr 10, 2012
By Casimir Morawski
Rohnert Park, CA - Coming off a three game sweep of Texas in which Sonoma extended their win streak to five-games over a barbeque and lacrosse filled Spring Break, the Seawolves returned home to face Western Collegiate Lacrosse League rival Cal Poly on Saturday. The Mustangs, ranked #1 in the April 3 Nike MCLA Coaches Poll, have won the WCLL the past three seasons.
“I look forward to this game every year. Obviously, every team wants a shot at the defending league champs,” Junior Kyle Riddle said, “and it makes it that much more important when they are the number one team in the nation.” Riddle, the Seawolves leading point scorer, played for Cal Poly his freshman year.
After a well-fought battle by the underdog Seawolves, a turnover-filled second half proved to be too much to overcome as Cal Poly’s high-powered offense shifted into high gear and helped the Mustangs pull out a 13-9 win.
“They are the #1 team in the nation for a reason, and the played like it,” Head coach Doug Carl said, “Our collective will to win was there, but not for 60 minutes.”
The Mustangs showed why they deserve the top ranking right out of the gates, scoring just 11 seconds into the game. However, the boys in blue responded with two goals by midfielders Connor Kuenhle and Ryan Heidrich. Cal Poly would net one more and the 1st quarter would end with the score knotted at two.
The second quarter belonged to the Wolves as a Zach Blackman goal on a drive from X and a Casimir Morawski unassisted fast break goal highlighted a frame that would give the home team a 5-4 lead going into the halftime locker room.
However, the Mustangs attack, ranked by InsideLacrosse.com as the best unit in the nation, would not be outdone, and dialed up a four-goal run to turn the Seawolf halftime lead into a three-goal, third quarter deficit. Sonoma would respond with a late Kuehnle tally, and would head into the final act down by two goals.
After spotting the Mustangs a goal early in the fourth-quarter, Sonoma’s offense would answer with a Blackman man-up goal and a Heidrich top-shelf twine-ripper to bring the Seawolves to within one four minutes into the final frame. However, that would be the closest the Seawolves would get, as they would surrender four late goals and lose 13-9.
“We made too many key errors in the second half,” Carl said “As a coach, I would rather my team lose by four fighting hard for a win, rather than rolling over and losing by two.”
The loss drops the Seawolves to 6-2 overall (2-1 in the WCLL), while Cal Poly extends their winning streak to nine games and move to 13-1 (3-0 WCLL). The Seawolves will welcome WCLL opponent, the Stanford Cardinal on Saturday, April 14. Faceoff is at 1pm.
Sonoma Visits The Longhorn State - Apr 4, 2012
By Ryan Heidrich
The twentieth ranked Seawolves traveled to the longhorn state for a three game series over their spring break. Opening with a victory over Texas A&M in College Station. Sonoma then traveled to San Marcos for a tilt with the host Texas State Bobcats and came out on top, 13-8. The trip was wrapped up with a showdown with the seventh ranked Texas Longhorns. Sonoma beat the Longhorns in a dramatic overtime thriller, 11-10.
“As a team we have been looking forward to this trip since our schedule came out in November. Going in we knew that if we could sweep all three games it would give us a huge confidence boost heading into the meat of our WCLL schedule. “ Said captain Casimir Morawski.
After a long travel day and a rough adjustment to hotel life, Sonoma traveled nearly two hours to take on Texas A&M. In extremely hot weather, the Seawolves jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first quarter. Senior Defensemen George Porter opened the scoring for the Seawolves. Sonoma kept the pressure up in the second quarter and headed into halftime with a 5-1 lead over the Aggies.
Texas A&M would answer back with a strong third quarter, outscoring the Seawolves 3-2. Sonoma would hold its lead and coast onto an 11-5 victory. After the game the gracious parents of Texas A&M hosted Sonoma to a BBQ that featured a tremendous amount of world class BBQ.
Sonoma used their day off to rest and get prepared for a scrappy Texas State team. Noma traveled to San Marcos, TX for their first night game of the year. Playing on a beautiful natural grass surface inside Bobcat Stadium. Sonoma once again jumped out to a first quarter lead following two goals by the teams long stick middies, George Porter and Xavier Griffen. Sonoma would continue to outplay the Bobcats and would eventually head into halftime with a 7-4 lead. With a strong second half play by senior goalie Michael Clothier and consistent effective offensive play Sonoma would go on to win the game 13-8.
After taking the first two games of the spring break trip there was added pressure for the Seawolves to beat the highly ranked Texas Longhorns. Playing in their beautiful new lacrosse facility Sonoma came out flat, falling behind 2-0 early to the longhorns. Sonoma would battle back to tie it up but head into the second quarter down 4-2.
"This was a big game, but guys at Sonoma State plan on winning these games," said Head Coach Doug Carl
Sonoma responded with a strong second quarter heading into halftime down 6-5. After a back and fourth third quarter which saw the Longhorns lead grow as big as three, Texas would lead at the end of three, 10-8. Junior Kyle Riddle would score to bring the Seawolves within just one and with less than four minutes Junior midfielder Ryan Heidrich would tie the game at 10-10. With their backs against the wall, the Sonoma defense lead by Clothier would make a stop as time expired and the teams would head into overtime.
"I think our composure was great. Earlier in the year Oregon jumped out on us and we panicked, we didn't this time," added Carl
After a Texas faceoff victory, Sonoma’s defense rose to the occasion once again and produced a stop. Sonoma successfully cleared the ball and began their assault on the Longhorn goal. Heidrich would eventually net the game winner for the Seawolves.
With the wins, Sonoma extends their win streak to 5 games, which is their longest winning streak since the 2009 season. The Seawolves look to push their streak to 6 games against the #1 Cal Poly Mustangs in Rohnert Park on Saturday April 7th, faceoff is at 3pm.
Support Guides Seawolves in Texas - Mar 29, 2012
Sonoma State is fairing well midway through the spring break trip, earning two convincing wins agsint Texas A&M and Texas State, but it might be the support off the field that’s helping propel the Seawolves during the road journey.
Before we even got to Texas, alumnus--and now Austin resident --Chris Esposito provided scouts of all three foes. Coach Carl said “Getting scouts from someone who spent years in the program is invaluable. He knows what we look for...”.
Then, from the moment they first arrived in The Lone Star State, the Seawolves have been swarmed with tremendous hospitality from family, fans and alumni.
“This is my fifth year on the team and I am completely blown away by the ongoing support we’ve been receiving. From the moment we first arrived with pizzas waiting for us at the hotel, to the team BBQ in the park, it’s just great to know that there’s a network of support out there and it reminds us that were not just playing for ourselves but for the entire Noma family,” said senior defensemen David Massey.
Parents who were able to make the trip out to Texas with the team are working hard to make sure all the coaches need t worry about is coaching, and the kids just need to play, despite being thousands of miles away from California. Parents have funded team breakfasts, lunches and dinners, and provided their love and support for the program from the stands, emulating a home field advantage even on opposing teams’ fields.
“It’s almost unreal how supportive the families are of the program,” said junior midfielder Brian Ponzi. “To make the trip all the way to Texas and provide meals and cheer for us in the stands, it really means a lot to us. We couldn’t be more grateful.”
Sonoma State Lacrosse would like to thank all the parents and family for their gracious support. Even though many parents couldn’t make the trip their generosity has contributed to the effort. The team looks forward to seeing the crowd again Thursday night as the team prepares to take on #7 Texas in Austin with a 7 p.m. face off time. Live updates are available via the team’s official Twitter handle @NomaLax. Unfortunately the “Longhorn network” has lawyered up and is refusing to allow us to stream. Seriously, a lawyer for U of Texas called and officially notified us we couldn’t stream a club lacrosse game.
Seawolves Head to the Longhorn State - Mar 22, 2012
Rohnert Park, CA - Sonoma State begins its Spring Break on Friday and the lacrosse team will be heading to Texas to do battle with some out of conference opponents. Fresh off an 11-7 victory over Chico State, Sonoma is preparing for games against Texas A&M, Texas State, & University of Texas.
Sonoma arrives into the Longhorn state on Saturday evening and then face-off against the Aggies of TexasA&M on Sunday at 3:00pm. The Aggies & Seawolves last met in Sonoma in 2008 resulting in a 10-6 win for the Seawolves. The Seawolves (& their parents) have been invited to attend a Barbeque after the game hosted by the Aggies.
On Monday, the Seawolves wil begin further preparations for their Tuesday showdown with the Bobcats ofTexas State. The team will be in team meetings and recovery. At 5pm the team will head to Andrew Zilker Park for some authentic Texas Barbeque hosted by Steven Weinschenk's uncle. Zilker Park is located at 2100 Barton Springs Rd. Austin, TX. Enter the park from Andrew Zilker Road and park in the lower lot on the right side. The team will be in the picnic area beginning about 5pm.
Tuesday's battle with Texas State will feature a program that won the LSA conference in 2010 and has been in the playoffs since 2008. This year the Bobcats are 3-7 with wins over Texas Tech, Rice, and University of Florida. Texas State has been a gracious host and will be streaming the game live. Check out LaxxTV to watch the game.
Wednesday the Seawolves will do some sight seeing as well as prepare for the Longhorns of Texas. UT comes into this game after having 3 weeks off and a record of 4-0 including a win over Arizona State. Under the tutelage of Head Coach Brian Meyers UT won the LSA last year and have been off to a hot start this year achieving a ranking of #6 in the MCLA.
The Seawolves will be staying in the Rodeway Inn in Austin all week. Parents are asked to stay in a different hotel than the team whenever possible.
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